Small SUVs are more popular than ever. According to the Paso Robles Volkswagen dealer, the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is a subcompact SUV that will fill the gap left when the Golf is put out to pasture next year. That move will make the Taos Volkswagen’s entry-level SUV. The 2022 VW Taos will battle competitors like the Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek, Ford Bronco Sport and Kia Seltos.
The Taos is smaller than the Tiguan, but it provides nearly the same amount of space in the cabin as its sibling. The Tiguan gets 101.1 cubic feet, and the Taos offers 99.5 cubes. Even taller passengers can ride in comfort, thanks to the ample head room. According to the Paso Robles VW dealer, there’s plenty of space to stow cargo, with 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space for models with front-wheel drive and 24.9 cubic feet for the Taos with all-wheel drive.
The reviews are in for the 2022 VW Taos, and they’re overwhelmingly positive. Autotrader writes:
“The compact SUV segment keeps getting hotter, and Volkswagen enters the fray in June with the all-new 2022 VW Taos. ... Whether you consider it a larger subcompact SUV or a smaller compact SUV, the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos has a lot going for it. The VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport design language is very present, and the styling comes across as handsome in an understated sort of way.”
The 2022 Taos seats five. There are three trim levels on offer: S, SE and SE. All trims are motivated by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Taos gets standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive Taos models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With all-wheel drive, the engine is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and gets a more advanced rear suspension that provides excellent handling when turning.
Volkswagen vehicles get exceptional fuel economy, so it’s no surprise that the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is fuel-efficient. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway for models with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive models return 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway.*
Standard features for the base S trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 60/40-split folding back seat, roof rails, a digital instrumentation display, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a stereo with four speakers, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The S gets an optional IQ Drive package that comes with an active blind-spot monitor, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keeping assist, and emergency assistance.
Travel assist is optional on the S and SE and standard on the SEL. This feature provides partially autonomous driving at speeds up to 95 mph. The driver can activate the system via a button mounted on the steering wheel. The setup uses the lane-keeping system and adaptive cruise control to keep the Taos in its lane and safely behind the car in front.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.